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As you know, Year 5 have been learning about life in the 1940s...

As you know, Year 5 have been learning about life in the 1940s and what it would have been like to be a child during the war years.  The children have absolutely loved the topic and learning about the different roles people had and how the country all came together as a team during WW2.  We have also been reading “Goodnight Mister Tom” during our English lessons and this has most definitely enhanced their understanding.


To add an extra dimension to their studies, Year 5 visited Lincolnsfield Children’s Centre last week to experience first-hand what it would have been like to grow up in the 1940s.  The children became evacuees for the day and dressed up in 1940s clothes and displaying their evacuee tag took a step back in time. They visited a 1940s classroom and learned how different school life was for children in terms of the lessons they would have been taught, how they were treated and the style of classroom they would have been sat in. I think they are very pleased they are school children today compared with the past!  They also visited “The Blitz Experience” and learned about life during The Blitz and how much of their time would have been spent in Air Raid Shelters.  It definitely brought their studies to life. 


One of the children’s favourite parts of the day was meeting Stan, who was a soldier during WW2.  The children asked some amazing questions and found the whole experience fascinating. They loved listening to Stan and learning what it would have been like to fight for King and Country. They also found out that he had been a prisoner of war and was only freed when peace was declared.  The children were incredibly respectful and it was lovely to see the children completely in awe of somebody and grateful for the determination and dedication of Stan. 


The children also visited a 1940s house.  Here, they learned about what life would have been like for the whole family and how much technology has changed over the years.  Life was definitely a challenge then.  The thought of having  a wash in a tin bath in front of the fire in the lounge did not appeal to them – especially when they learned that the water wasn’t changed for the next person!  The final activity which the children took part in was the gardens.  The children learned about the Dig for Victory campaign and visited an Anderson Shelter.  It was wonderful to see the children so engaged once again and asking (and answering) questions.


The day was a great success and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  They were impeccably well behaved and a pleasure to take out for the day.  Thank you so much to all of the parents who accompanied us on our visit we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!


Here are a selection of photographs from the day but please look at the Year 5 gallery for all of the photographs taken during the day!